Grateful Dead Live at Fillmore West on 1969-06-06
* without Jerry Garcia; with Elvin Bishop.
^ without Jerry Garcia; with Elvin Bishop; with Wayne Ceballos.
The splice in Checkin' Up @ 1:14 is very minor, and hardly noticeable.
For unknown reasons, it appears that Jerry Garcia is missing for the first 5 songs, and Elvin Bishop plays lead guitar. The crowd, Phil & Bob acknowledge the missing Garcia after Smokestack, which must be the opener. Wayne Ceballos adds vocals for Checkin' Up and BIODTL. A faintly heard voice off microphone could be Garcia's just before Checkin' Up. Two days later during the same run, Pigpen ended up a spectator for some songs while Bishop & Ceballos sat in, so it seems possible that this is the case with Jerry, given a laid back atmosphere.
Deadlists vaguely indicates that this represents all of 6-6-69. However, it seems likely that some music may be missing before Lovelight. The guests are not present during Lovelight, and Garcia is playing on this version. This is perhaps the longest version of Lovelight known to have been played, clocking in at just under 47 minutes.
Sound Forge was used to correct the pitch of the recording.
Subject: Post from Wayne Ceballos
Seems to me "I" was playing guitar on "Beat It On Down the Line" that night. I was walking by the stage when Phil (Lesh) asked me to come up and sit in on guitar. I distinctly remember playing guitar on BIODTL. Things were so crazy that night- but I DO remember playing on BIODTL.
I can back up my statement up because Jerry (Garcia) himself states in Bill Graham's autobiography that
"...One night I came to the gig REAL late and there was this OTHER guy playing guitar with the Grateful Dead. This guy from AUM.(my band) He was a pretty good blues guitar player. I thought, 'Geez, Bill is gonna fuckin' kill me,' but he didn't say anything..." (P. 220- 222, I believe).
I have a copy of me singing "Love Light" with the Dead- (possibly Pigpen in the mix as well). I don't know if that was the gig two days later, or was at the Monterey Peninsula College gig a few days before...
Man, we were ALL pretty toasted! : ) Anyway- thought my info might help clarify things.
Wayne "Tha Harpe" Ceballos
Subject: phil's story
Subject: Great research!
Subject: Lost Live Dead has an in-depth commentary of this show
Even Wayne Ceballos said he was on stage at this one. There's been a lot of homework done on this and the show on the 8th.
It must have been fun to see these run of shows and the benefit shows happening around the city. Anyone who was there, I envy you!
Subject: The longest Lovelight in the history of the cosmos? Maybe...maybe not.
Having said that, the Smokestack w/Elvin Bishop is certainly a rare treat :-)
Subject: No Jerry????
Subject: Love it!
Subject: turn on your love light
the beginning features creative riffing on the main theme, but about 15-20 minutes into it they break it down completely in between pig admonishing them to "wait a minute!". they get into some purely psychedelic rock/blues/soul genre defying music that just stretches to logical extremes.
this has got to be what phil was talking about when he was actually seeing the musical conversation going on between him and garcia. this stuff is completley off the cuff, incredibly tight jamming the likes of which are rare indeed.
listen to just the lovelight if anything!
Subject: It is Elvin
Subject: Read "Searching for the Sound"
Subject: Elvin vs. Jerry
After reading Phil's book, this show takes on a much greater feel. How about the DS>SS>11?
Subject: Electric Apple Juice
Later, Robert Hunter had a freak out and saw lobster people and Janis Joplin was belching blood! After the show, they had to have Jerry play some soothing guitar for Robert until he calmed down!
Just thinking about how amazing stoned those guys must have been while they played is ammusing to say the least. Download this if for no other reason than to think about all the weird shit that happened that night!
Subject: A Dead of a different color
Sound quality for this era is good, not comparable to late 70's obviously, but more than listenable.
Subject: 47 Minute Lovelight